Cleveland Scott York > Hatfield, England > Firm Profile

Cleveland Scott York
Helios Court
1 Bishop Square
AL10 9NE

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Patent attorneys Tier 2

Cleveland Scott York has demonstrable capability in drafting and prosecuting EU patent applications, as well as EPO opposition and appeal proceedings, and counts freedom to operate matters, due diligence issues, competitor analysis mandates and UK registered design filings in its workload. Praised for its ‘availability, responsiveness and unique ability to translate legal turbulences’, the team counts large UK-based corporations and medium-sized enterprises, multinational companies, US attorney firms, in addition to academic institutions, technology transfer departments and pharmaceutical companies in Eastern Europe as clients. In Hertfordshire, Andrew Mackenzie and Jonathan Midgley lead the practice alongside Fraser Brown and Adrian Bradley, who operate from the firm’s Thames Valley office, and London-based Michael Williams and Tom Faulkner. The engineering, automotive, healthcare and chemical sectors are key areas of expertise for the team, which is also well-placed to collaborate with the firm’s solicitors in patent litigation.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Mackenzie; Fraser Brown; Adrian Bradley; Jonathan Midgley; Tom Faulkner; Michael Williams

Other key lawyers:

Nick Bennett; Sophie Maughan; Suzanne Doherty


‘Suzanne Doherty is an exceptional resource and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Years of experience and inside-out knowledge of the industry sector, as well as availability, responsiveness and unique ability to translate legal turbulences to a less technical audience.’

‘Nick Bennett is great at explaining technical concepts clearly and he is very responsive.’

‘Very professional approach to the client, each case investigation comfortably discussed and planned ahead, always providing high level services.’

Key clients

Cobham Mission Systems Ltd

Cummins Corporation

Hozelock Limited

Numatic International

Braveheart Investment Group

Saputo Dairy UK (owner of Dairy Crest)


Transport for London

Kennametal Inc

Zentiva Group

Splunk Inc

Tesla Engineering

Agilyx Inc.

Metrol Technology Limited

Stanley Black & Decker

Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co.

L’Oréal S.A.

Exel Industries S.A.

Merit Medical Systems Inc.

Advanced Vehicle Concepts

Westwind Air Bearings

Sawgrass Inc.

Energy Technologies Institute

Battelle Memorial Institute


Digital Barriers

Furuno Electric Co.

Cianna Medical Inc.

Federal-Mogul Controlled Power

Perkin Elmer Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising Numatic International in drafting, IP strategy and product clearance studies.
  • Representing Agilyx Inc in EPO opposition proceedings against an oil company.
  • Advising Cianna Medical and Merit Medical Systems on European patent prosecution.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 2

Cleveland Scott York’s trade mark practice takes a ‘proactive and diligent approach’ in opposition and invalidity proceedings before the UKIPO and the EUIPO, and has demonstrable experience in High Court and IPEC litigation. The team’s client roster spans the financial services, pharmaceutical, consumer goods, transport and fashion sectors, with key clients including Citigroup, Rolls-Royce plc and The National Trust, to name a few. Lorna Hobbs, who is praised for her ‘huge experience at the UKIPO’ and handles trade mark portfolio management of leading brands and filing programmes, jointly leads the team alongside Jonathan Clegg. The team houses practitioners who are dual-qualified as solicitors, including Claire Birro, who ‘finds creative solutions to knotty issues‘. Areas of growth for the practice include assisting US-based clients with UK and EU trade mark matters through their US attorneys.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Clegg; Lorna Hobbs

Other key lawyers:

Claire Birro; Peter Houlihan; Joanna Larkey; Andrew Clemson


‘Lorna Hobbs has huge experience at the UKIPO, runs many dispute proceedings and works very hard for her clients, with a personal touch.’

‘We have been using Cleveland Scott York to manage our global IP portfolio for over 15 years. We have consistently found their proactive and diligent approach to be very helpful, and the team as a whole are always on top of any issues that arise.’

‘Claire Birro has been managing our portfolio for the past 5 years or so. She is diligent, always on top of the issues that arise and coordinates all overseas attorneys for us too. She finds creative solutions to knotty issues, and has excellent communication.’

‘CSY offers timely, practical advice at a reasonable price, taking a holistic view and not just focusing on trade mark applications.’

‘Peter Houlihan is ‘spooky’ in that he knows exactly what we want and automatically follows through with solutions.’

‘All of the team are highly competent, commercial and knowledgeable.’

‘We work closely with Joanna Larkey, who has supported our business for a number of years. Joanna has provided us with key support on a range of matters, and in each case we have been able to obtain a positive outcome for the business. Joanna is a great asset to us and Cleveland Scott York.’

‘Cleveland Scott York know our business well. They use the knowledge of our business to help steer the legal support so that it adds value.’

Key clients


Target Brands

Rolls-Royce PLC

Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings

Saputo Dairy UK/Dairy Crest

Dorling Kindersley Limited

Citigroup Inc.

The National Trust

Oxygenetix Institute Inc.

Noble Foods Limited

Numatic International

United Biscuits

Drest Limited

Transport for London

Iris Software Limited

Hyperion Insurance Group

Legatum Limited

GM Cruise Holdings LLC

Utilita Energy


Work highlights

  • Handling a range of UK and EU portfolio work and contentious matters for Scientific Games Corporation and associated companies in the gaming sector.
  • Representing Oxygenetix Institute Inc. in multi-jurisdictional oppositions and invalidation proceedings.
  • Acting for AXIS Specialty Europe in UK and EU trade mark oppositions.